Autumn at Denver Botanic Gardens

October 1, 2016 | Brian Vogt
We all have favorite seasons. Mine has always been autumn, probably because it’s the time of year I wish would last twice as long. Everything seems mature in the plant world and determined to go out in a blaze of glory. Autumn at Denver Botanic Gardens has definitely reached a new level in recent...Read more

What is the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)?

September 19, 2016 | Brian Vogt
Up until 30 years ago, you would have been hard pressed to find great examples of metropolitan cooperation. Years of political wrangling between and among Denver and the suburbs resulted in bitterness and rancor. Finally, the regional economy took a dramatic slide and desperation gave birth to...Read more
'Ingeborg' Iris at Chatfield Farms

The Iris are beginning to bloom at Chatfield Farms

May 9, 2016 | Angie Jewett
The historical Iris Garden was installed in fall 2015, and is the newest garden at Chatfield Farms . The collection includes nearly 400 varieties of Iris that were introduced to the nursery trade over several centuries; some as long ago as 1597! Many are award-winning varieties that are held in...Read more

Great Horned Owl Sighting at Chatfield Farms

February 19, 2016 | Larry Vickerman
This female Great Horned Owl ( Bubo virginianus ) is sitting on a nest despite the strong winds yesterday at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms. This owl, with characteristic feather tufts on the head, typically nests in tree cavities, stumps or abandoned large nests of other birds. Monogamous...Read more
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Gardening with Native Plants

June 3, 2015 | Featured Instructor
We read disturbing news everyday about the fate of our honeybees and the demise of the iconic Monarch butterfly. It’s enough to make any dedicated gardener feel helpless! But there is something we can do to help solve the problem. Establishing and growing native plant gardens can provided critical...Read more
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Meet Your Local Medicinal Plants

May 13, 2015 | Featured Instructor
Did you know that many of the plants growing right around you have medicinal properties? From weeds like dandelion and mullein to natives growing in the nearby hills like willow and arnica, as well as culinary garden plants like thyme, lavender and sage. You are surrounded by nature’s pharmacy! All...Read more
'Blonde Ambition'

The grass is greener...at Chatfield!

September 24, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' on left I'm talking about the OTHER kind of grass, incidentally. The orange Agastache on the upper right of this picture is also a Plant Select choice: Agastache aurantiaca --a spectacular species one does not see nearly enough. Both of these, and many more...Read more

Veteran Reintegration Program at Chatfield

August 27, 2014 | Emilee Vanderneut
The growing season is in full swing at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield . Participants of the Veteran Reintegration Program helped plant and harvest vegetables on the five acre Community Supporting Agriculture (CSA) farm . They also planted pumpkins, decorative gourds, ornamental Indian corn and...Read more

What in blazes?

August 15, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Liatris ligulistylis I was born in Colorado, and have spent most of my life here--and lots of time poking around the plains and mountains--to the extent that I've seen and can identify most of the showier native wildflowers, and a good many of the less showy ones as well. A few have escaped me. You...Read more
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Pulling for Colorado this Saturday – Help us battle noxious weeds

July 7, 2014 | Rebecca Hufft Kao
The health and diversity of native plant populations impact our food, water and wellbeing. Healthy ecosystems provide the fundamental basis for all life on earth; this includes forming soil and cycling nutrients. Plants are the critical base of food chains in most ecosystems and native plants most...Read more

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